Chapter 3. CNC Projects

I’ve done a lot of work with wood and metal. As you saw in Chapters 1 and 2, I build many different projects with a wide variety of tools. Two of my newest and potentially most useful tools are a pair of CNC routers, which move a rotary tool around a bed to grind out precise shapes on a piece of plastic, wood, or metal. Because they are ground-breaking tools compared to classic woodshop hardware, I’m giving CNC tools their own chapter.

First I’ll describe my two CNC routers along with a mention of my favorite bits. Then I’ll describe a pair of projects made with the help of CNC technology: a dart board and a sign. You can see my ShopBot Desktop in Figure 3-1.

Figure 3-1. Cutting a shape out of plastic

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